the lake

cottage wc june 29 Our cottage is on an island, a small island, on a big lake where the properties can only be accessed by boat. Even on a busy holiday weekend like this one, it is relatively quiet. A return to the cottage is a return to the past. Here the life jackets from our two and four year old sons (now well into their 30's) still hang in the boathouse and New Yorkers from twenty years ago hide at the bottom of  the magazine rack. At a cottage you can ignore the terrifying changes in the world and in yourself. Because this one place, this one lump of granite with its wooden cabin, does seem to be as it always was. Of course, that sense of permanence and security is illusory. This year we have cell service on the lake which brings the world in. The news is delivered to 'our door' just like home. But it also means I can connect with you. So here is a little tour of the cottage and some of the early pieces of hooking that I rediscover each year. The Maud Lewis was hooked by my mother and the fish, one of my first pieces, is a pattern from Christine Little of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The other two were doodles in wool, the one beside Maud, a record of each day in October 2007. Just looking at that piece, like my sketch above, evokes the feelings and the thoughts running through me as it came to be. This is  power of creativity, and that is something that doesn't change. ch3 ch 2 ch1


  1. Looks like a wonderful place filled with lovely memories. Do you kind of miss NOT having cell service? I think that is one of the great things about vacations….just being totally AWAY. Of course you can always turn the cell phone off. Enjoy your time at the lake.

    • Hey Tammy!
      Good to hear from you again. You ask an interesting question. When we bought the cottage we had only CB service. If anyone needed us they needed to call the marina and someone there rang us up on the CB. Then we got phone service, a big adjustment, and now cell. When I saw my son checking his work emails on the weekend, I asked myself, so this is an improvement?

      Stay in touch

      • Your “Lake House” sounds wonderful and cozy! The memories make you feel warm inside filled with love and happiness. You just want to let out a big sigh of peace…

        When I was growing up my parents were fortunate to afford a “Lake House” too and those were my fondest memories as a child. Enjoy your moments, with or without phone disruptions!

        I enjoy your postings as you know and love anything you write about!
        Happy 4th of July my cyber friend!


        • Thank you so much Sheri. I’m happy that the post evoked such fond memories for you. Happy 4th of July to you too.

  2. Hi again Christine- just did a catch up of your fabulous biking tour pictures – what an experience I’m sure. So nice to see you yesterday – looking forward to catching up again soon.

    • Thanks so much Gayle! Wonderful to see you yesterday as well. It’s been far too long. I look forward to meeting in August.

  3. Love your hooking, I am inspired to get hooking again, have brought my projects to cottage. I am going to work on them this week at cottage. Needless to say I love your cottage! Hope you are enjoying sharing it with the next generation! 🙂

    • I have my giant rug up here and hope to work on it this summer. There is nothing like hooking with the water lapping just outside. We can inspire each other! And maybe you will come for a visit this year?
      xine xo

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I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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